Admissions & Referrals

Spaulding Youth Center accepts admission referrals from New Hampshire School Districts and state social service agencies from NH and beyond. During the 2016-2017 school year, 155 children and youth from 98 communities received support from one of Spaulding Youth Center’s programs and services.




The Spaulding Youth Center admissions process is both thorough and timely. Each stage of the process is designed to be informative and inclusive for the referral agency, parents or legal guardians, and the prospective student. In addition, each stage provides the necessary information to determine if Spaulding Youth Center programs and services can meet the needs of the prospective student.


Applications for Spaulding Youth Center’s programs and services are usually initiated by School Administrative Units (SAUs), New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth and Families (DCYF) or Juvenile Justice Services (JJS). Social services agencies from other states are also welcome to submit applications for consideration.

During this stage, the referring agency’s representative will contact Spaulding Youth Center’s Admissions Director to discuss the needs of your child. If your child’s needs can be met by Spaulding Youth Center’s existing programs and services and availability exists to provide the required support, then the referring agency will submit an application for thorough review.


As part of the application stage, a complete background of your child is required for review by the Spaulding Youth Center Admissions Team. This background information includes but is not limited to:

  • Family history and chronological history of agency contacts.
  • Discharge details and other reports from previous programs.
  • Current Individual Education Plan (IEP), educational history and assessments
  • Functional Behavioral Assessment and the Behavior Intervention Plan (FBA BIP), etc.
  • All psychological and psycho-educational test results, including IQ scores.
  • A complete medical history, including immunization records, medical insurance information and medication history.
  • Court and probation records, if applicable, including most recent court report.
  • Detailed, specific description of current difficulties and reason(s) for referral.

Upon receipt of this information, the Spaulding Youth Center Admissions Team will review and confirm whether your child is a potential match for available programs and services.

If you have questions about our admissions process or would like to schedule a campus tour, please contact Pat Seaward-Salvati, Director of Admissions at pseawardsalvati@spauldingyouthcenter.org or 603-286-8901 x202.


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This Admissions Inquiry Form is designed to demonstrate the types of information required for the admissions process. Depending on the needs of the child, information submitted can be used as the basis of prequalification for a prospective student.


Student StoriesLearn More

Each child who arrives at Spaulding Youth Center is unique and their journey to individual success can have very different paths. The first steps toward success are often the most difficult. Our goal is to provide a clear path toward a brighter future.


Out-of-district placement is a big decision and our admissions team is here to help you through the process. Our FAQs are a great place to start for information about our campus, programs and services.


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All of us at Spaulding Youth Center strive to exceed expectations with every interaction with our students and children, families, referring agencies and other professional colleagues. Use the form below to let us know how we are doing!